19th Sept - 3rd October
The Autumns Rwanda team were fortunate to travel with a large and for the most part experienced team, this allowed us to cover more of the country than we have ever done before in a single project.
Indeed so large was the team that after only one day Lee and Greg departed with Audifax one of our local ambassadors to spend 5 days in the north of the country based at the Sorwathe tea plantation. Cricket has begun to take a hold here due to the cricket mad Sri Lankans who run the plantation and once again our thanks must go to Mr Rohit and his staff for hosting us so well. Nearly 3,000 children received coaching from six of the local schools.
Meanwhile the rest of the team were busy in Kigali, alongside our usual schools we also included several new ones from the Gahanga region. This is the site of where the new international cricket ground will be situated this is an amazing project being run by another UK based NGO the Rwandan Cricket Stadium Foundation and it is hoped that over time this area will become another hot bed for cricket.
The second week had all of the team reunited in the South of the country based in Huye this is where Audi and Mary work as ambassadors and no more so than in this area can you clearly see the affect ambassadors can have, cricket is growing and growing in the region and it has been a privilege to play a small part in this.
Across the two weeks just over 8,000 children had chance to play some cricket and more importantly hear and contribute to the HIV awareness messages as CWB continue to try and bowl AIDS out of Africa.
Holly Colvin – Project Leader